Clinical Advisory Board

SAMSN Clinical Advisory Board

The role of the SAMSN Clinical Advisory Board (CAB) is to provide advice on the content, quality and efficacy of SAMSN’s workshops and groups for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse, their families and supporters.

We are honoured to have the expertise of the following CAB members:

Mark Griffiths

Mark Griffiths is a registered psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Mark retired from full-time employment in July 2009 as a Senior Psychologist employed at the Eastern and Central Sexual Assault Service at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. At the time of his retirement he was Deputy Manager of the service and job sharing in the Manager’s role. He commenced employment in the Sexual Assault Service in November 1997.

Prior to this Mark was employed within Central Sydney Area Health Service at Newtown and Redfern Community Health Centres where he worked as Psychologist and subsequently Team Leader. Earlier he worked in the area of substance abuse.

During his time with Sexual Assault Mark was part of the counselling team including the crisis response roster. Apart from one to one counselling he also conducted groups for male survivors of child sexual abuse. In February 2013 Mark commenced his 50th psychologist-led peer support group – over 450 men have attended these groups in total.

Mark is currently working in his own practice and is the Chairperson of SAMSN’s Advisory Board.

Tony Phiskie

Tony Phiskie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Social Work. He is a member of the AASW.

Tony worked at the Eastern and Central Sexual Assault Service (ECSAS) at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney from July 1994 to November 1998. He was the first male to be employed in Adult Sexual Assault Services in NSW and worked in positions of Sexual Assault Counsellor, Crisis Coordinator, Deputy ECSAS Coordinator and acting Coordinator during this time. He has delivered papers on the subject of male sexual assault at state, national and international conferences and lectured on the subject for university post-graduate diploma courses.

Tony has also been employed within Central Sydney Area Health Service in Child, Adolescent and Family Health and Mental Health Teams at Newtown, Marrickville and Canterbury Community Health Centres.

From 1991 to 1994, at Newtown Community Health Centre, Mark Griffiths and Tony developed a group program for men who had been sexually assaulted as children. Tony then coordinated and facilitated the groups at ECSAS until 2001.

In 2000 Tony took up a position managing Cell Block Youth Health Service (now Youthblock) – a service that targets Young People who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. He left this position to manage the Sydney Local Health District Carers Program for ten years. Tony began facilitating SAMSN’s eight week program with Mark Griffiths in 2013 before joining SAMSN full-time in April 2016 in the role of Principal Social Worker.

Professor Caroline Taylor AM

Caroline Taylor is recognised as one of Australia’s leading experts and consultants in the field of child and adult sexual violence and domestic violence and the criminal justice response to victim/survivors and social models of trauma and recovery.

Caroline has considerable experience as an academic researcher, educator, trainer and change agent who operates effectively and dynamically in sensitive and complex environments and organisations. She has received distinguished meritorious awards for her research and contribution to academia and professions such as police and the wider community. She has applied innovative methodologies to draw out and elucidate a deeply nuanced and critical understanding of sexual violence and its interface with socio-legal structures that have influenced proactive law reform in Australia.

Caroline has been a Visiting Academic to Kings College, London (2011) and is an academic advisor to Interpol’s Specialist Group on Crimes Against Children and has undertaken a number of international benchmarking trips to examine all aspects of the criminal justice system and welfare/advocacy service responses to child and adult victims of sexual violence. 

In 2002 Professor Taylor was appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s Inquiry into Sexual Offences Law and Procedure (2002-2004). The commission drew heavily on her research work to inform their Interim and Final Reports and to support the 201 recommendations for law reform. Caroline founded a charity organisation in 2004 (Children of Phoenix) that provides education and training scholarships and mentors for children, adolescents and adults affected by childhood sexual abuse.

Professor Patrick O’Leary BSocWk, MSocWk, PhD

Patrick O’Leary is the Head of the School of Human Services and Social Work at Griffith University.

For more than twenty years Patrick has had an interest in gender based violence and child protection. His research on the long-term effects of child sexual abuse has primarily focused on men. This research is one of the largest and most comprehensive studies on Australian men who were sexually abused in childhood; it has been published widely in high quality journals such as Child Abuse and Neglect and the British Journal of Social Work. Recently he has been working with Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Patrick held previous positions as Professor in Social Work at Southampton University and University of Bath and at University of South Australia. He has a distinguished research career in child protection, domestic violence and social work having authored numerous articles, chapters and books.

Patrick is the former Director of the International Child Well Being Research Centre at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. This work has seen him examine child protection in a variety of international contexts most recently including in Middle East.

Dean Brown

Dean Brown is the SAMSN Community Board Member representing SAMSN members on the Clinical Advisory Board.

Dean participated in groups in the early 1990’s facilitated by Mark Griffiths and Tony Phiskie as a survivor and survivor facilitator. Dean has had extensive experience as a Registered Nurse and Community Case Worker in mental health, drug and alcohol, community palliative care and homelessness as well as wide experience in general nursing. He has worked in a variety of roles in several NGO’s and Area health service positions.